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March 2013 Archives

By Land And By Sea

Sarah Slean's latest album is a 2 CD set called "Land And Sea". She's been busy touring it all over Canada. But this coming weekend she'll take a break from her travels to sit down with Fresh Air's Mary Ito for a chat. Sarah has many stories to share---you'll want to be tune in.

SUNDAY March 31

0730 World Music columnist Reuben Maan joined guest host Karen Gordon with the unusual story behind a new recording by Mali musician Bassekou
Kouyate. Here's a hint: There's a connection to Montreal band Arcade Fire.
You can hear their conversation by going to Reuben's column.

0800 Nick Saul was executive director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto for fourteen years. He and his wife, writer Andrea Curtis, have now wtitten a book about the transormation of the food bank into a community hub. They talked with Karen.
Listen audio (runs 10:42)
The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement is published by Random House Canada.
You'll find more about the book and what it's about at the The STOP and the
Community Food Centres websites.

0830 Award-winning biologist, photographer, conservationist and filmmaker Rob Stewart was Karen's guest. Rob's new film is called "Revolution"---it's the follow-up to his acclaimed "Sharkwater" documentary and continues his examination of the negative impact of humankind on the world's ecosystems.
Listen audio (runs 13:39)
Learn more about Rob and "Revolution" at
Rob's website.

Howard and Bassekou

What does the Montreal band Arcade Fire have in common with Mali musician Bassekou
Kouyate? The common thread is a Canadian music producer called Howard Bilerman. Reuben "unravelled" that thread when he talked with Karen Gordon.

Listen audio (runs 8:09)
NOTE: Copyright restrictions prohibit inclusion of the music originally contained in this item.

There's more on this fascinating story at the
CBC Music website.
That's where you can also listen to a stream of Bassekou Kouyate's new album for 1 week.

SATURDAY March 30

0730 Blues songwriter, guitarist and singer Chris Antonik joined Karen Gordon to talk about his sophomore album, "Better For You".
Listen audio (runs 15:19)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
If you'd like to catch Chris performing live, here are some dates:
April 12 - Hugh's Room in Toronto---A Tribute To The Three Kings Of Blues- Albert, BB, Freddie
May 2 - The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto---CD Release Show for Toronto
May 11 - The Rainbow in Ottawa---CD Release Show for Ottawa,
All the details are on Chris' website.

0800 Erin Balser from CBC Books joined Karen to talk about books with the theme of "rebirth"...just in time for spring.
Listen audio (runs 7:31)
Erin's choices are:
1. Wave: A Memoir by Sonali Deraniyagala
2. The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett & Amanda Pressner
3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Erin also reminded listeners to vote for their favourite books on the list of this year's CBC "Bookies" Awards.
Get the goods on the Bookies and all kinds of additional literary happenings at the
CBC Books website.

0830 Nutritionista Meghan Telpner's new book is called Undiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health and she joined Karen to offer her thoughts on avoiding the trap of diet deprivation and calorie counting.
Listen audio (runs 14:15)
Undiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health is published by McClelland & Stewart.
Learn more about Meghan and her book at Meghan's website.

Revolution

That's the name of biologist, photographer, conservationist and filmmaker Rob Stewart's new documentary. It picks up where his previous film, "Sharkwater" left off. And Rob will be guest host Karen Gordon's guest on Sunday's Fresh Air.

About Citizen Talin

Citizen Talin is Talin Vartanian, a CBC radio producer and long-time consumer advocate who believes Canadians are much too nice when it comes to claiming their rights in the marketplace.

She has worked on various radio programs, including Morningside, This Morning and As It Happens and is currently a producer at The Sunday Edition.

Talin is also the creative founder behind Canada Reads and was its lead producer for its first six seasons.

Contact Citizen Talin. You can follow her on Twitter @CitizenTalin.

PLEASE NOTE: Talin is on sabbatical from CBC Radio for the duration of 2013. She'll return to her Citizen Talin duties at Fresh Air in January, 2014.

SUNDAY March 24

0730 Guest host Karen Gordon talked with transplanted Winnipegger Sean Garrity, director and co-writer of the new suspense film "Blood Pressure", which was shot in and around Toronto.
Listen audio (runs 9:51)
"Blood Pressure" will play at Toronto's Carlton and Royal Cinemas (check each theatre's listings for dates and times). It will also have showings in Sudbury on April the 13th, Waterloo on May the 2nd, and at Ottawa's Bytowne Cinema from May 31 to June 4.
You can check the Blood Pressure website for more on the film and where and when you can see it.

0800 Fashion Week is just wrapping up in Toronto. Karen talked with Bernadette Morra, editor-in-chief of Fashion Magazine.
Listen audio (runs 11:57)
For more on what's happening with Canadian designers, go to the Fashion Week website.
If you're a "fashionista", check out Bernadette's blog at the
Fashion Magazine website.

0830 Cambridge-area musician Mandippal Jandu was Karen's guest. Mandippal has just released his first album---it's an EP called "Ready To Stay".
Listen audio (runs 11:26)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
To learn more about Mandippal Jandu and his music, you can visit
Mandippal's website.

He's Got The Blues...

But that's a GOOD thing. You see, Chris Antonik gives the blues a whole new sound on his latest recording. It's called "Better For You" and Chris will join guest host Karen Gordon to talk about it. That's this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

What's On for March 24

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Hoppy Easter at Nepean Museum/Ottawa
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny/Thunder Bay
Aerobicathon/Ottawa
ALS Awareness Video

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
Just click on What's On to send us the information.

SATURDAY March 23

0730 Guest host Karen Gordon talked with former Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson, donor of the Clarkson Cup which is awarded to the best team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. The League's top four teams are playing for the Clarkson Cup with the final game taking place later today.
Listen audio (runs 12:10)
The championship game for the Clarkson Cup will be played today at the Centennial Community Centre in Markham at 2 p.m.
Learn more about the Clarkson Cup and the Canadian Women's Hockey League at the
CWHL website.

0800 Fresh Air's new financial columnist, Nisha Patel, joined Karen to talk about the pros and cons of selling and buying goods on such online classified websites as eBay, craigslist and kijiji.
Listen audio (runs 9:14)
Nisha is a business reporter with CBC News. There's always plenty of news about the business world at the CBC Business website

0830 Dundas-area musician Maggie Szabo, who performs as All About Maggie, was Karen's musical guest. Her new CD is called "Now Hear Me Out".
Listen audio (runs 11:38)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
To learn more about Maggie, visit her All About Maggie website.
And go to Maggie's YouTube channel to see her duets with Jully Black and Walk Off The Earth.

What's On for March 23

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Memory Ball/Toronto
Canada Blooms/Toronto
Muskoka Arts and Crafts/Bracebridge
La Nuit sur l'étang/Sudbury

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
Just click on What's On to send us the information.

SUNDAY March 17

0730 Canada Blooms attracts gardeners and non-gardeners alike in huge numbers. Fresh Air's favourite gardener, Marjorie Harris, joined guest host Karen Gordon to explore the appeal of this huge horticultural and floral extravaganza.
Listen audio (runs 9:17)
Marjorie's latest book about gardening is "Thrifty Gardening: From The Ground Up".
It's published by House of Anansi.
Marjorie's website is a great source of information for gardeners of all abilities.
And Canada Blooms is a great destination for gardeners---it runs through Sunday, March 24 at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

0800 There's something new at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It's an exhibition called: "Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art". And curating it is a labour of love for Sasha Suda, assistant curator of European art at the AGO, Karen Gordon went to the AGO to see the exhibition and talk to Sasha.
Listen audio (runs 00:00)
The AGO website is your destination for information about the exhibition.

0830 Justin Rutledge brings a very literary background to his music.
What else would you expect from someone who majored in English literature in university? He's also someone who dabbles in the theatre---witness his collaboration with author Michael Ondaatje on the stage version of Michael's novel "Divisadero". And now Justin has released his latest album---it's called "Valleyheart". Justin and Karen sat down in the studio to talk about it.
Listen audio (runs 10:07)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Justin's website is an excellent source of information about his music.

Blood Pressure

That's the name of a new film from Canadian director Sean Garrity. It's a thriller...but a thriller with a difference. And that difference lies in the quality of the acting. It's head and shoulders above most movies of this genre. Sean Garriity will be Karen Gordon's guest this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

What's On for Mar 17

Here are John's What's On selections:

St. Patrick's Day Parade/Toronto
Model Train Show/Kitchener
Barnyard Break/Ottawa
8000 Sacred Drums/Hamilton

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
Just click on What's On to send us the information.

SATURDAY March 16

0730 Mary Ito was live on location at the Kitchener Market to help celebrate the first week of operations for CBC Radio's new K-W station. She started by talking with Craig Norris, host of "The Morning Edition".
Listen audio (runs 3:55)
Learn more about Craig and the rest of the CBC K-W crew at the CBC Kitchener-Waterloo website.

0740 Beer expert Mirella Amato joined guest host Karen Gordon in studio to talk about Irish stout and other Irish beer topics...just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
Listen audio (runs 7:13)
There's loads of interesting beer info at Mirella's Beerology website.

0800 Mary ito joined the show with another live "hit" from the Kitchener Market. Her K-W guest this time was from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Listen audio (runs 5:15)
Learn more about the Institute at the Perimeter

0830 Mary Ito continued her conversations with K-W residents on the occasion of CBC innaugurating a new station in Waterloo Region. This time it was local singer Alysha Brillinger.
Listen audio (runs 2:16)
There's all kinds of info about her music on Alysha's website.

0840 TV's "Survivorman", Les Stroud, is also a musician. His latest single is called "Arctic Mistress". Les joined Karen Gordon in the Fresh Air studio to talk about his music and how it informs his OTHER career.
Listen audio (runs 9:23)
You can catch Les in "musical" action at The Princess Cinema in Waterloo on March 20 and at The Montreal House in Peterborough on March 22.
Learn more at the Les Stroud website.

CBC Music Festival

What will you be doing on Saturday May 25? If you're a music fan, you might want to

check out the first CBC Music Festival.

This day-long festival will take place at Echo Beach in downtown Toronto, and will

feature performances by THE SAM ROBERTS BAND, OF MONSTERS AND MEN,

KATHLEEN EDWARDS, and SLOAN. Plenty of local talent will take the stage as well,

including Jarvis Church, Shakura S'Aidia and Kae Sun.

CBC personalities will also be on hand, from Jian Ghomeshi to the cast of the CBC

Radio One show, The Debaters.

Tickets for this event are $59.50 plus service charges, and they go on sale through

Ticketmaster THIS MORNING (Saturday, March 16) at 10 a.m.

Once again, that's the first-ever CBC Music Festival on Saturday Mary 25th (that's the

weekend after the May long-weekend).

For more information, head to the CBC Music Festival website.

What's On for March 16

Here are John's What's On selections:

Maple Syrup/Bronte Creek
Maple Syrup/Peterborough
Fanshaw Sugar Bush/London
Maple Syrup/Kortwright and Bruce's Mill
Presqu'ile's Waterfowl Weekend/Presqu'ile Provincial Park
Bugfeast/Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Ice Sculpture Tour/Hensall

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
Just click on What's On to send us the information.

Mary Ito in Kitchener on March 16


CBC invites you to the Kitchener Market on March 16th to help celebrate the arrival of CBC's new Kitchener-Waterloo station. Fresh Air's Mary Ito will be there to do live interviews with "The Morning Edition" host Craig Norris, local musician Alysha Brillinger and astrophysicist Niayesh Afshordi from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
After 9:00 a.m., Mary will host a Q & A session with Craig and Anna Maria Tremonti, host of "The Current". You can also meet the entire team that will be bringing you local stories, news, weather and traffic on the radio and online from the Waterloo Region. There will also be chances win some cool prizes and then meet some of your favorite CBC Radio and TV celebrities at a Meet and Greet.

What: Kitchener Market St. Patrick's Day Event
Where: 300 King St. East, Kitchener
When: March 16, 2013 from 7 am - 2 pm
Admission: Free

Justin Rutledge...

...is a very literary musican. That might have something to do with his major in literature while at university. He's also not afraid to immerse himself in the world of the theatre---he collaborated with author Michael Ondaatje on a theatrical adaptation of Ondaatje's novel "Divisadero". And now he's released a new album called "Valleyheart". Justin Rutledge will discuss his musical motivations with guest host Karen Gordon this coming Sunday on Fresh Air.

Join Mary Ito in KW on March 16

What: Kitchener Market St.
Where: 300 King St. East, Kitchener
When: March 16, 2013 from 7 am - 2 pm
Admission: Free
What the event is about:
CBC invites you to the Kitchener Market on March 16th. Join us in welcoming the new local CBC show, The Morning Edition on 89.1FM. There will be plenty to do and see. Fresh Air's Mary Ito will be there to do live interviews with The Morning Edition host Craig Norris, local musician Alysha Brillinger and a special guest from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. You can also meet the entire team that will be bringing you local stories, news, weather and traffic on the radio and online from the Waterloo Region. Enter to win some cool prizes and meet some of your favorite CBC celebrities. The Kitchener Market will also be providing entertainment throughout the day with Irish dancers and the music of Irish band Shananigans.

SUNDAY March 10

0730 Zoe Sky Jordan has music in her genes. Her parents are musicians Amy Sky and Marc Jordan. But Zoe has a sound that's all her own. She joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about her solo career and her work with her band, Petty Victories.
Listen audio (runs 11:35)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Zoe will be on stage with Petty Victories on March 22nd at the HMV Store in Toronto.
On April 19-20 she'll be part of the Neil Young Tribute at Hugh's Room in Toronto.
You'll also find her at Hugh's Room on May 28 when she performs in the Discoveries showcase.
There's much more about her music at both Zoe's and the
Petty Victories' websites

0800 Colleen Carney is director of the Sleep and Depression Lab at Ryerson University. She joined Karen to talk about the many challenges faced by the growing number of people who suffer from sleep apnea.
Listen audio (runs 11:24)
Learn more about Colleen's work at the Ryerson Sleep Lab
website.
Colleen's also the co-author of a book called "Quiet Your Mind and Get To Sleep." It's published by Raincoast Books.
Learn more at the Raincoast website.

0830 CBC TV will show the biopic "Jack" tonight. It's the story of the late NDP leader Jack Layton. Rick Roberts---who plays Jack in the film---and its executive producer, Lazslo Barna, joined Karen to talk about the challenges of making a film about such a complex character.
Listen audio (runs 12:54)
You can see "Jack" tonight (Sunday, March 10) on CBC Television.
You can view a preview oif the film right now by going to the
Jack website.

What's On for March 10

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

North Korean Human Rights Film Festival/Waterloo
7th Annual Persian Bazaar/Ottawa
Geocaching 101/Hamilton

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
Just click on What's On to send us the information.

Join Mary Ito in KW on March 16

What: Kitchener Market St. Patrick's Day Event
Where: 300 King St. East, Kitchener
When: March 16, 2013 from 7 am - 2 pm
Admission: Free
What the event is about:
CBC invites you to the Kitchener Market on March 16th for its St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Join us in welcoming the new local CBC show, The Morning Edition on 89.1FM. There will be plenty to do and see. Fresh Air's Mary Ito will be there to do live interviews with "The Morning Edition" host Craig Norris, local musician Alysha Brillinger and astrophysicist Niayesh Afshordi from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
After 9:00 a.m., Mary will host a Q & A session with Craig and Anna Maria Tremonti, host of "The Current". You can also meet the entire team that will be bringing you local stories, news, weather and traffic on the radio and online from the Waterloo Region. There will also be chances win some cool prizes and meet some of your favorite CBC Radio and TV celebrities at a Meet and Greet..

Zoe's Musical Muses, Sleep Apnea and Jack

Guest host Karen Gordon will welcome musician Zoe Sky Jordan, sleep expert Colleen Carney, and actor Rick Roberts and executive producer Laszlo Barna from CBC TV's new film "Jack" on Sunday's show. Please try to join them!

SATURDAY March 9

0730 Kids are increasingly glued to electronic devices. Study after study shows they're becoming more obese. Parenting author and blogger Samantha Kemp-Jackson joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about ways to gets kids to go outside and do something physical...just in time for March Break.
Listen audio (runs 10:34)
Check out Samantha's
MultipleMayhemMamma website for more parenting advice.

0800 Contractor Jorge Rodrigues joined Karen to talk about identifying signs of winter wear on the exterior of your house.
Listen audio (runs 11:25)

0830 TVO's Saturday Night At the Movies' host Thom Ernst joined Karen with a list of family-friendly films for the March Break.
Listen audio (runs 14:08)
Thom's suggested films:
1/ A High Wind In Jamaica (1965)
2/ Son of Rambow (2007)
3/ E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
4/ The Sound of Music (1965)
5/ The Muppet Movie (2011)
6/ Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
7/ Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
8/ Oliver! (1968)
9/ The Railway Children (1970)
10/ The Avengers (2012)
Most of these films are available at your local library...or through Netflix, Apple TV, Rogers On Demand...etc.
Check out the SNAM website for more movie info.

What's On for March 9

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Hockey Hall of Fame/Toronto
COMIC BOOK HEROES @TIFF Lightbox/Toronto
ComiCon/Toronto
Blue Mountain Resort/Collingwood
Attractions Ontario
Kids Around Canada
Events in Toronto
Festivals and Events in Ontario
AGO
Ontario Science Centre
ROM
Science North/Sudbury
Hamilton Events

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
Just click on What's On to send us the information.

Join Mary Ito in KW on March 16!

What: Kitchener Market St. Patrick's Day Event
Where: 300 King St. East, Kitchener
When: March 16, 2013 from 7 am - 2 pm
Admission: Free
What the event is about:
CBC invites you to the Kitchener Market on March 16th for its St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Join us in welcoming the new local CBC show, The Morning Edition on 89.1FM. There will be plenty to do and see. Fresh Air's Mary Ito will be there to do live interviews with The Morning Edition host Craig Norris, local musician Alysha Brillinger and Neil Turok, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. You can also meet the entire team that will be bringing you local stories, news, weather and traffic on the radio and online from the Waterloo Region. Enter to win some cool prizes and meet some of your favorite CBC celebrities. The Kitchener Market will also be providing entertainment throughout the day with Irish dancers and the music of Irish band Shananigans.

Movies, March Break and Spring House Advice

Guest host Karen Gordon will welcome TVO's Saturday Night At the Movies host Thom Ernst, Multiple Mayhen Mamma parenting writer Samanatha Kemp-Jackson and expert contractr Jorge Rodrigues on Saturday's show. Be sure to join all of them!

SUNDAY March 3

0730 Mark Rheaume was Mary Ito's guest with his monthly review of new music from Ontario artists. Check out who he talked about and played by visiting
Mark's column.

0800 Carol Bishop-Gwyn's book on the late Celia Franca, founder of the National Ballet of Canada, has been nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction. One of the dancers who met Celia as a 10 year old and who fwent on to become one of the company's great prima ballerinas is Veronica Tennant. Veronica produced a documentary on her former teacher and inspiration, called "Celia Franca: Tour de Force"
She joined Mary to talk about this ballet visionary.
Listen audio (runs 11:14)
Learn more about Veronica at her website.
You can also visit her YouTube site to watch her short film about dance called "Something's Coming".
And also visit the Charles Taylor Prize website.

0830 Toronto's Daiva Johnston joined Mary to talk about the challenges she faces as a young actor in a highly competitive profession. Daiva appears in the latest episode of CBC TV's "Murdoch Mysteries". She talked about her role and why it's a welcome change from some of the casting opportunities she's been given.
Listen audio (runs 12:03)
The episode of "Murdoch Mysteries" featuring Daiva---"Murdoch In Ladies Wear"---airs Monday, March 4th, at 9 o'clock on CBC Television.
Get the goods on the show by visiting the Murdoch Mysteries website.

He's Got The Blues

But Chris Antonik gives the blues a whole new sound on his latest recording. It's called "Better For You" and Chris will join guest host Karen Gordon to talk about it. That's this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Mark's Music March 2013

Links to artist websites will open in a new window.

Artist: Tannis Slimmon
Album: In And Out Of Harmony
Song: Are You Ready
Website: Tannis Slimmon

Artist: Eugene Ripper
Album: Fast Folk Underground 3: Quiet Light
Song: All Around The World
Website: Eugene Ripper

Artist: Sarah Cripps
Album: Stole The Summer
Song: Change
Website: Sarah Cripps

Artist: Shannon Rose and The Thorns
Album: Seasons
Song: Storm
Website: Shannon Rose

Searchlight

Here's the link to CBC's Searchlight music contest that Mary talked about. You have until midnight tonight to vote for the musicians on the Regional Short List in your part of the province.

What's On for March 3

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

THE MISSING WOMEN PROJECT/Toronto
Educate Girls---Empower Women/Ottawa
10TH ANNUAL DIVA DAY/London
Cristina's Coffee House/Sudbury

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
Just click on What's On to send us the information.

SATURDAY March 2

0730 You may not realize it...but you're taking part in a retail revival. And that's good news for anyone who buys something---which is just about all of us. That's what Doug Stephens says...and he's in a good position to know. He's a retail business consultant who's president of Retail Prophet and he's written a book called "The Retail Revival---Re-imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism". Doug joined Mary to elaborate.
Listen audio (runs 12:49)
"The Retail Revival---Re-imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism" is published by Wiley.
Learn more about Doug and his book at the Retail Prophet and
Wiley websites.

0800 Dr. Mike Evans joined Mary to discuss the potential dangers posed by the use (and increasing abuse) of opioids. You can hear that conversation by going to Dr. Mike's column.

0830 They were National Geographic magazine's Travellers Of The Year. Heather Greenwood Davis and her husband Ish took their sons Ethan, 10, and Cameron, 8, out of school for a year to explore the planet. They spent 12 months on the road, visited 29 countries, and blogged about their round-the-world journey. But they've now been back in their Toronto home for almost eight months and Heather joined Mary to talk about the challenges of re-adapting to their old lifestyles.
Listen audio (runs 12:55)
You can learn more at Heather's Travel Blog.
And here's the link to the National Geographic story about them.

Opioids

Dr. Mike Evans joined Mary Ito to discuss the risks posed by opioids.
Listen audio (runs 11:16)
Mike's latest whiteboard video is about opioids. You can watch it and all of all Mike's health videos on his Doc Mike You Tube channel.
And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

What's On for March 2

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Maple Syrup Harvest/Toronto
Retro Boogie Night For SickKids/Vaughn
Engineering Idol competition/Toronto
Winter Carnival/Kirkland Lake

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
Just click on What's On to send us the information.